Winter Preventative Maintenance for Your Sprinkler System
As temperatures begin to dip, now’s the time to perform essential cold-season maintenance tasks at your commercial building or facility. It’s essential to perform maintenance to help prevent damages and potential disasters to your fire sprinkler system during cold weather.
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The Benefits of Preventative Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
Well-designed commercial fire sprinkler systems are highly dependable, so it can be easy to put off regular maintenance.
Benefits of winterization include:
- Reliable: Routine maintenance helps prevent your system from not operating correctly in the event of a fire. It demonstrates that each component is in optimal working condition, reducing the risk of malfunction when you need it most.
- Save: Investing in preventative maintenance can save money in the long run. Detecting and fixing minor issues early prevents them from escalating into costly repairs or system replacements in the future.
- Compliant: Local fire codes and insurance businesses require regular inspections and maintenance of systems. Staying compliant avoids penalties and documents your system is up-to-date with the latest safety standards.
- Life span: Properly maintained systems can have a significantly longer life span, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
Prevent Your Fire Sprinkler System From Freezing This Winter
The good news is that winterizing commercial fire sprinkler systems is fairly straightforward:
- Dry sprinkler systems: Checking and draining all known drains on your system will help reduce the chance of a break in your fire protection due to freezing water. These drains should be checked daily before and during freezing temperatures.
- Wet sprinkler systems: These systems have water in them at all times. It’s critical that the areas protected by these types of systems are maintained at a minimum of 40 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. It’s best before and during freezing temperatures that you check areas that may need extra heat sources, such as a space heater or furnace.
- Insulation: Make sure insulation is adequate to protect exposed pipes.
- Antifreeze solution: If your system requires antifreeze, make sure it has been inspected in the past year. During the inspection, the freezing point of the antifreeze will be documented. If the antifreeze’s freezing point is close to freezing, it’s best to contact a fire protection company to replace the bad antifreeze with antifreeze specifically made for fire sprinkler systems.
- System monitoring: Periodically check your system for signs of damage, leaks, or freezing. Address any issues immediately to prevent further damage.
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